Slate Areas

Slate wrenched from the hills of North Wales has made an attractive and long-lasting roofing material since Roman times. Industrial revolution Britain is roofed in Welsh slate. So are great buildings on every continent.No other stone industry dominated world markets like Welsh slate.

Quarrymen shaped the landscape in which they lived.The great quarries and their tips of waste rock were made by their skill and hard work in a harsh environment. These now sustain a modern and dynamic slate industry in North Wales.

They and their families shaped the culture of Snowdonia.Historic towns and villages bring to life the struggle to make a new way of life - and to keep the best of the old. Their chapels, churches, libraries, meeting-rooms tell a story of faith, of a love of learning, of literature and music. The great houses and gardens of quarry-owners show the wealth the quarries generated.

Famous railways built to connect the quarries with the sea once brought engineers from all over the world to marvel, and to copy. Now they have found a new lease of life carrying tourists.

This landscape is both living and historic, a vibrant place where the past meets the present. A vigorous culture and an ancient language are still at work in the slate quarries of Snowdonia.